CReATE Kits

Engaging Creative Minds (ECM), in partnership with local school districts, will provide CReATE Kits this summer to support students at risk of falling behind. For equal access and accessibility, kits do not require the internet. Each kit will include all the materials and instructions necessary to engage in hands-on learning experiences for one full week.

You can help more kids succeed $60 buys a kit!

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Andrew McGlaughon our Director of Development, Strategy & Communication.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Engaging Creative Minds (ECM) Curriculum Coaches work with ECM Instructors and teachers to bring Engaged Learning Experiences (ELEs) into K-8th grade classrooms. ELEs are in-school programs custom tailored to teach state standards utilizing Arts Integration. These programs combine the experiences of ECM Curriculum Coaches with the expertise of ECM Instructors. ECM empowers and supports teachers by giving them the tools, confidence and skill level to successfully integrate the arts and light a spark in every one of their student’s creative and innovative spirit.

To learn more about our ECM Instructors, click here. If you are an ECM School interested in working with an ECM Instructor, please contact us or your ECM Coach.

If you’re interested in becoming an ECM School, please contact Andrew McGlaughon our Director of Development, Strategy & Communication.

ECM Instructors

ECM Instructors represent areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and specialize in connecting their expertise to academic content.

They do this through our in-school Engaged Learning Experiences (ELEs), during which the classroom teacher and ECM Instructor work together to design highly engaging STEAM-based learning experiences for students. ECM Instructors visit the school for several days (five days is the average) and lead students through the learning activities with the participation and support of the classroom teacher.

Other opportunities for ECM Instructors include end-of-the-year school festival events, outreach events in the community and teaching at our annual Summer STEAM Institute®. ECM Instructors share a passion for teaching and a focus on high levels of student engagement. ECM Instructors make learning fun!

Charleston Marathon Grants

THANK YOU to everyone for running, volunteering and being a part of the 10th annual O2 Fitness Charleston Marathon®! Your support helps ECM fulfill our mission to use creativity to spark curiosity and excitement for learning.

Due to the recent pandemic and school closures, ECM is reallocating 2020 Charleston Marathon Grants to directly support students at risk of falling behind this summer.

Summer STEAM Institute®

After learning that our partner facilities would remain closed to us this summer, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of ECM’s 2020 summer camps, but we will provide CReATE kits to support Title I students at risk of falling behind. For equal access and accessibilty, kits do not require internet or technology. Each kit will include materials and instructions necessary to engage in hands-on learning experiences for one full week.

Power-On Conference

Teachers will participate in a high-energy conference based on best practices to engage students in standards-based, rigorous lessons. Session topics will include Arts Integration strategies, innovative STEAM practices and highly engaging, brain-friendly techniques that spark curiosity and excitement for learning. Open to teachers of grades K-5. 

ECM will collect sign-in sheets so that participants can register for recertification credits through Entrack. Each district’s requirements are different, so we ask that you check with your district office to verify.

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